As people may be aware, Buffalo is trying to discontinue several much-needed departments in the city. I have been a Youth Court officer for the city's Youth Court Program for three and a half years. I have learned many things through the criminal justice system, such as the laws and the consequences of breaking these laws. I have also learned to listen to both parties in each case, and to sentence the youth according to the facts presented to me.
As a Youth Court officer, I have become a community service leader and done many community service projects. Without Youth Court, I would be like many other youths, out on the streets getting into trouble. I have seen firsthand the way Youth Court changes lives. It helps youths on the right path to respect, honesty, hope, courage and love for those they have wronged. I have watched kids who have the worst attitude toward life make a total change. Please help me in the fight to save the City of Buffalo Youth Court. The youths of today and the leaders of tomorrow will be grateful.
STEVEN C. SCHROEDER